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was popular in the re-election, he was in a difficult fiscal cliff negotiation where he got the tax increases he wanted. the democrats arenited but he faces such quick battles particularly over the debt and over gun legislation that he'd like to pursue, there isn't much of a reset, not much of a honeymoon because there's a carryover of toxic atmosphere in washington when it comes to getting big things done. >> you covered the white house about two terms of the bush administration. what does the president, what is the hard reality of his second term in. >> well he builds up a lot of political capital with re-election and that's very freeing for a second term president but the calendar is short. you have a limited amount of time to really drive the agenda and the president would like to get big things done from immigration to energy, but he's going to be facing trench warfare with republicans over the budget, for some time to come. i think that's going to overshadow most of what he does. >> david gregory thanks very much. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this saturday, new research abou
't happening this time, but is there a reset here? >> the president was popular in the re-election. he wanted tax increases for the wealthy, he got those. his party is united but he faces a very difficult environment in washington and immediately after this inauguration, he is back in the brew of a fight over the debt and the fight over the gun legislation that he wants so it's a pretty toxic atmosphere here. >> you covered both terms of the second bush -- of the bush administration. what is the hard reality of a second term for a president? >> time moves quickly. you feel good. you put in the people you want. you have a different attitude of what you can accomplish. you don't have to run. you don't have to campaign anymore, and realize the window is short. the president's got big goals whether it's energy, immigration and he's in the trench warfare yet with republicans with a series of big stand 1y5u6s coming up, starting with the debt ceiling. all of this about the budget which could quickly overtake the second term. >> david gregory, thanks very much. i want to let folks know, tomorrow mor
the new official portrait showing the newly re-elected president sporting a broad smile in the oval office, which we note is the same room where all the problems of the nation wind up. not that much smiling goes on in the course of an average day in that room in the life of an american president. >>> some former presidents are in the news. starting with 43 and 41. both bushes say they will be unable to attend the inauguration. george w. bush 43 says he can't attend due to his father's health and his recent long hospitalization. and president clinton has gone public about something people have noticed about him for some time. a tremor in his hands. it was particularly evident during our last interview with him this past summer. he says in an interview he grew quite concerned about it, but was so greatly relieved when he learned it's age-related and not parkinson's that he doesn't worry about it all that much anymore. >>> when we come back, one woman's home-grown idea. "making a difference" for a lot of american families. >>> "making a difference" brought to you by pfizer. time for our final
. >> is there something liberating about being a second-term president, that you are not facing re-election? >> i guess so. you and i were talking before we went on the air how will this speech differ from a state of the union? will there be present day references? mostly there for the test of time, but will there be a newtown reference? will we get through the speech without a reference to lincoln's second inaugural? we will have doris kerns goodwin on hands tomorrow, who wrote the book, just in case. i think is something probably liberating. second terms are for legacy. second terms can also be fraught and problematic. that's for the history books to determine. >> you have a big day ahead of you tomorrow. >> as do you. >> our inaugural coverage begins tomorrow morning on "today," and brian then leads our extended coverage throughout the day here on nbc. >>> there will be an inaugural poem read during the ceremony here tomorrow, and this year, the poet is richard blanco, born in spain to cuban exiles to emigrated to this country, the first latino and first openly gay inaugural poet. today, we spoke to hi
historic day for the newly re-elected president. >> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear -- >> for the 44th president of the united states, his position already cemented in the history books, this was the crowning moment. his reward after a bruising campaign, his entry into the even more exclusive club of two-term presidents. >> thank you. >> the presidents' day started with morning services at the place they call, for good reason, the church of the president, st. john's across the street from the white house. across washington, hundreds of thousands of people were already beginning to gather on the national mall. as the obamas left church, choirs performed at the capitol for the early arrivals ♪ ♪ this land was made for you and me ♪ >> back at the white house and following tradition, the president hosted congressional leaders for coffee. ♪ while across town on the inaugural stand, distinguished guests took their places. the justices of the supreme court, former president and mrs. carter, former president and secretary clinton. at mid morning, the presidential pro
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